Beckenham Town FC v AFC Croydon Athletic – Tuesday 14th September 2021 – Eden Park Avenue

This Combined Counties Premier league tie was played on a warm, wet and misty September evening.

Tonight’s game has specific significance because both Beckenham Town and AFC Croydon Athletic, had been moved, in the non league restructure this summer, from the Southern Counties East Premier Division, to the equivalent Combined Counties league.

Combined Counties Premier League

The sides have both made very different starts to the season with Beckenham Town 5th in the league, but with a game in hand on the leaders. Croydon languish in 16th place, with just one win in their opening eight games. Kevin Raynor, the Croydon manager has been at the club since 2016. Jason Huntley is the Beckenham manager, also having a long association with the ambitious club.

Beckenham Town Clubhouse.

I managed to park on the road outside the ground and paid £8 to enter and £2 for the match day programme. The ground boasts a clubhouse, toilets and changing rooms and refreshment stand and bar. There are two small covered seated stands along one side of the pitch and a decent covered and seated stand on the other side.

Main stand
Smaller seated stands.
Match day teams

AFC Croydon Athletic battled hard from the off and Beckenham couldn’t seem to gain any dominance. The most remarkable part of the first half hour was the retirement of the assistant referee with a calf injury.

The game was marked by some fierce tackling in wet conditions.

Just prior to half time Beckenham began to assert and had a chance cleared off the line and. A goal disallowed. At half-time, however, the scores were still tied at 0-0.

The opening goal

On 47 minutes the Beckenham Town right back, Jamie Brown, broke into the box and fired home clinically, to make it 1-0.

Celebration for Jamie Brown’s goal.

The lead lasted just nine minutes before the AFC Croydon Athletic number 7, Jermaine Green, scored the equaliser to bring the game to life.

1-1

On 65 minutes a bad challenge, led to the referee issuing a straight red card, for the number 8 for AFC Croydon Athletic, Tijani Eshilokun. This had a real effect on the balance of the game and Beckenham stepped up a gear, to exploit the one player advantage.

Number 8, Eshilokun, leaves the pitch.

The pressure paid dividends for Beckenham when on 77 minutes Tyrone Pink broke on the right and slotted home their second goal, to make it 2-1.

2-1 Goalscorer Tyrone Pink

In heavy rain, Beckenham Town cemented a 3-1 victory on 90 minutes, with a well finished goal by Tunde Aderonmu.

3-1

The final whistle blew with the AFC Croydon players wondering what might have been if they had kept all their players on the pitch. This was an attritional battle, made more competitive and entertaining by the rain and wet conditions.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. philthesnapper says:

    Yet another good and enjoyable report Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John Sawh says:

    Somebody will get hurt the amount of reckless challenges…lets see some red cards in the lower leagues! Good stuff matt 👏 👍

    Liked by 1 person

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